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AN AUSTRIAN ROCOCO CARVED GILTWOOD BRACKET CLOCK, MID-18TH CENTURY, DIAL AND MOVEMENT ASSOCIATED

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

35,000

to
- 45,000 GBP

PROPERTY OF COUNT CZERNIN OF CHUDENIC

AN AUSTRIAN ROCOCO CARVED GILTWOOD BRACKET CLOCK, MID-18TH CENTURY, DIAL AND MOVEMENT ASSOCIATED

AN AUSTRIAN ROCOCO CARVED GILTWOOD BRACKET CLOCK, MID-18TH CENTURY, DIAL AND MOVEMENT ASSOCIATED

Estimate:

35,000

to
- 45,000 GBP

Lot sold:

43,750

GBP

PROPERTY OF COUNT CZERNIN OF CHUDENIC


AN AUSTRIAN ROCOCO CARVED GILTWOOD BRACKET CLOCK, MID-18TH CENTURY, DIAL AND MOVEMENT ASSOCIATED


7¾-inch dial with mask and scroll spandrels, enamel chapter ring, the engraved centre with mock pendulum aperture, signed on a boss in the arch Johann Bentele, Salzburg, No. 612, the associated French movement with Chevalier de Bethune escapement, pull quarter repeating on two bells, with alarm train but with no alarm connection to the dial, the boldly carved case surmounted by a female figure and putto above male and female figures representing the four seasons, the scrolls incorporating birds and wild animals, all against a marbled red ground, the conforming bracket carved with Atlas supporting metamorphic figures representing the four continents,

Clock 98cm. 38½in. high: Bracket 71cm. 28in. high

PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS SHOULD INSPECT IN PERSON. Dial has three blocked winding holes, damaged to enamel chapter ring at IX and cut-out to chapter ring ar VI for later winding hole. Associated movement appears to be complete but is extremely dirty and has rusting to steelwork, it is not in running condition and will require complete service and restoration. Associated case is dirty and with old cracks, minor losses and repairs throughout, re-gilt, red marbling repainted. Bracket as the case. With a pendulum and a winder.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

In sheer grandeur and sumptuousness, the carving of the present clock case is most unusual and although probably by a different hand, it is rather temping to compare this clock with a musical table clock by the Bamberg clockmaker Leopold Hoys from circa 1745, which Sotheby’s sold in the ‘Treasures, Princely Taste’ sale, 6 July 2011 in London, lot 9 for £421,250. The Hoys clock, which originally was possibly also intended to be placed on a conforming bracket, is of comparable large size (112cm. high) and has a similar highly exuberant and daring composition including figures (putti), animals and a-symmetric rocailles. The style and the quality of both the case of the Hoys clock and the present clock indicate that these were probably executed by a master sculptor instead of a ‘regular’ clock case maker.


Although being catalogued as Bamberg/Franconian the Hoys clock also has some clear Austrian connections. Not only was Leopold Hoys born in Vienna in 1713, he also served his apprenticeship - between 1726 and 1732 with the Klagenfurt’ clockmaker Christopher Pruner - and became a Master clockmaker in 1739 in Austria. He only later moved to Bamberg in 1742, where in 1745 he became head of the guild of clock and watchmakers and in 1757 court clockmaker to the new Prince-Bishop of Bamberg, Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim.


Furthermore, the Hoys clock bears the arms of Franz Stefan von Lothringen (1708-1765), who was married in 1736 to Archduchess Maria Theresa, daughter of Emperor Charles VI of Austria and became Holy Roman Emperor in 1745, on which occasion the Hoys clock probably was commissioned.


There is even a further possible connection between the commission of the Hoys clock and the present clock: According to family tradition, the present clock first came into the Czernin family with their ancestor count Johann Rudolf Czernin (1757- 1845) to adorn the newly rebuilt Czernin Palais in Prague. The building of the Czernin Palais was started mid-17th century by count Humprecht Johann Czernin, then twice devastated - first by French troops in 1742 and then again in 1757 by Prussian troops - and was then rebuilt/restored by Johann Rudolf. However, it is just as likely that this clock came into the family through Johann Rudolf‘s wife Maria Theresia Czernin, born countess Schönborn - Heussenstamm (1758-1838). Through her great-grandfather count Melchior Friedrich of Schönborn-Buchheim (1644-1717), Maria Theresia Czernin was directly related to the Prince-Bishop of Bamberg, Friederich Karl von Schönborn (1674-1746) who possibly commissioned the Hoys clock in 1745.